Unfortunate Laws Part Five
Here is part five of state laws that some might find peculiar. Parts one, two, three and four have been posted previously. Today will will look at Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, and Nevada. These regulations are borrowed from Bored. Michigan A Michigan law states that a wife’s hair legally belongs to her husband. // Any person over the age of 12 may have a license for a handgun as long as he/she has not been convicted of a felony. // In Clawson, Mich., there is a law that makes it LEGAL for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens. // In Detroit, couples are not allowed to make love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple’s own property. // In Detroit, Michigan it is illegal to sleep in a bathtub. // In Rochester, Michigan, anyone bathing in public must have his or her bathing suit inspected by a police officer. // It is legal for a robber to file a law suit, if he or she got hurt in your house. // It is illegal to loiter in the city morgue in Detroit. // It’s illegal in Michigan for a person under the age of 21 to give a gift of alcohol beverage to anyone, even to a person of legal age. // Permitting diners to take home an unfinished bottle of alcohol beverage, rather than consuming it all before leaving to prevent “waste,” encourages moderation and discourages intoxication. However, this is prohibited in Michigan. // Smoking while in bed is illegal. // The use of the names of dead presidents to sell alcohol in Michigan is prohibited. // Under an 1889 law, the health officer of East Jordan, Mich., could send any nonresident with an infectious disease back to where he came from, as long as the person could travel. If not, the officer could rent a house for use as a pest house. // You may not swear in front of women and children in the state of Michigan. // Kalamazoo: It is against the law to serenade your girlfriend. Minnesota A Blue Earth, Minnesota, law declares that no child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent. // A Minnesota tax form is quite thorough. Some would say too thorough. It even asks for your date of death. // A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head. // All bathtubs must have feet. // All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts. // Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head. // Every man in Brainerd, Minnesota is required by law to grow a beard. // Grand Haven: No person shall throw an abandoned hoop skirt into any street or on any sidewalk, under penalty of a five- dollar fine for each offense. // Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays. // Harper Woods: It is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets. // Hibbing: It shall be the duty of any policeman or any other officer to enforce the provisions of this Section, and if any cat is found running at large, or which is found in any street, alley or public place, it shall be the duty of any policeman or other officer of the city to kill such cat. // In Duluth, Minnesota it is illegal to allow animals to sleep in a bakery. // It is illegal to sleep naked. // It used to be legal in Minnesota to sell rolled candy on Sunday, and illegal to sell flat candy. The wafer people have gotten this one repealed. // Minneapolis: Red cars can not drive down Lake Street // Minnesota has repealed its so-called “Twinkie” law, under which a Minneapolis City Council candidate was indicted for dispensing $34 worth of Twinkies, Ho-Hos, cookies, Kool-Aid and coffee to some senior citizens. // Minnesotans are forbade from teasing skunks. // No man is allowed to make love to his wife with the smell of garlic, onions, or sardines on his breath in Alexandria, Minnesota. If his wife so requests, law mandates that he must brush his teeth. // Oral sex is prohibited. // St. Cloud: Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays. // There is a 10 cent bounty for each rat’s head brought into a town office. // Virginia: You’re not allowed to park your elephant on Main Street. // Wayland: Anyone can keep their cow on Main Street downtown at a cost of 3 cents per day. Mississippi Adultery or Fornication (living together while not married or having sex with someone that is not your spouse) results in a fine of $500 and/or 6 months in prison. // Cattle rustling is punishable by hanging. // Columbus: The fine for waving a gun in public is higher than actually shooting it. // Horses are not to be housed within 50 feet of any road. // In Brandon, Mississipi it is illegal to attempt to stop someone from walking down the sidewalk by parking a motorhome in their path. // In Temperance, MS, you can’t walk a dog without dressing it in diapers. // In Oxford, Miss., it’s illegal to “create unnecessary noises.” // It is illegal for a male to be sexually aroused in public. // Oxford: It is illegal to drive around the town square more than 100 times in a single session. One may not spit on the sidewalks on the square. Motor vehicles on the square are prohibited. Horn honking is not permitted as it might scare horses. // Tylertown: It is unlawful to shave in the center of main street. // Unnatural intercourse, if both parties voluntarily participate, results in a maximum sentence of 10 years and $10,000. // Vagrancy is punishable by either 30 days in prison or a $201 fine. Missouri Anyone under the age of 21 who takes out household trash containing even a single empty alcohol beverage container can be charged with illegal possession of alcohol in Missouri. // Buckner: In this small town of only 4,000, yard waste may be burned any day except Sunday. // Excelsior Springs: Hard objects may not be thrown by hand. Worrying squirrels is not tolerated. // Hard objects may not be thrown by hand. // In Ballwin, Mo., the only place you can use vulgar, obscene or indecent language is in your home. // In Merryville women are prohibited from wearing corsets because “the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male.” // In Springfield, door to door salesman are prohibited from selling their goods while standing in the middle of the road, screaming at passing vehicles. // In St. Louis, a law on the books makes it illegal to park your car without turning off the engine. This was to avoid scaring horses. // It is illegal to have oral sex. // It is not illegal to speed. // Kansas City: Minors are not allowed to purchase cap pistols, however they may buy shotguns freely. Installation of bathtubs with four legs resembling animal paws is prohibited. // Marceline: Minors can buy rolling paper and tobacco but not lighters. // Marquette: It is illegal for more than four unrelated persons to occupy the same dwelling (The Brothel Law). // Mole: Frightening a baby is in violation of the law. // Natchez: It shall be unlawful to provide beer or other intoxicants to elephants. // Purdy: Dancing is strictly prohibited. // St. Louis: It’s illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket. This law refers back to the extinct Italian celebration, Hill Day, when beer was served in buckets. A milk man may not run while on duty. // University City: Four women may not rent an apartment together. Montana It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone. // In Billings, Montana it is illegal for employees of the city’s communications center to program their phones with speed dial. // It is a misdemeanor to show movies that depict acts of felonious crime in Montana. // Bozeman has a law that bans all sexual activity between members of the opposite sex in the front yard of a home after sundown — if they’re nude. // Seven or more Indians are considered a raiding or war party and it is legal to shoot them. // It is illegal for a man and a woman to have sex in any other position other than missionary style. // In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all. // It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone. // Excelsior Springs: Balls may not be thrown within the city limits. // Helena: No item may be thrown across a street. // Helena, Montana, mandates that a woman can’t dance on a table in a saloon or bar unless she has on at least three pounds, two ounces of clothing. // Salisbury: Pop bottles are not to be thrown on the ground. // Whitehall: It is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels. // Montana just legalized the production of caviar. Nebraska Barbers are forbidden by law from shaving a man’s chest in Omaha, Nebraska. // If a child burps during church, his parent may be arrested. // It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license. // It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup. // It is Illegal to go whale fishing. // It is illegal to sleep naked in a hotel/ motel room. // Lehigh: Doughnut holes may not be sold // Omaha: Sneezing or burping is illegal during a church service. // The owner of every hotel in Hastings is required to provide each guest with a clean and pressed nightshirt. No couple, even if they are married, may sleep together in the nude. Nor may they have sex unless they are wearing one of these clean, white cotton nightshirts. // Waterloo: Barbers are forbidden from eating onions between 7 A.M. and 7 P.M. Nevada A man is forbidden from buying drinks for more than three people other than himself at any one period during the day. // Clark County: An ordinance makes bringing a concealable fire arm into the county illegal unless it is registered with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. In order to register a handgun, however, it must be brought in to the police station. Furthermore, you may not register a gun on the weekends, but the police may prosecute you at that time. // Elko: Everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask. // Eureka: Men who wear moustaches are forbidden from kissing women. // In Las Vegas, Nevada: It’s against the law to pawn your dentures. // In Las Vegas you can bet on any team–except The University of Nevada at Las Vegas. // In Nevada sex without a condom is considered illegal. // In Nevada until the 1960s it was illegal to sell liquor at religious camp meetings, within a half-mile of the state prison, in the State Capitol Building or to imbeciles. // In Reno, Nevada staging a marathon dance is illegal, although posting a notice on a fire hydrant about illegal dance marathons is not. // In the old days in Nevada a man caught beating his wife was tied to a stake for eight hours a day with a sign that read, “Wife Beater” fastened to his chest. // It’s illegal in Nevada to have a “house of ill fame” within 400 yards of a church or school. // It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway. // It is illegal in Reno, Nevada to conceal a spray-painted shopping cart in your basement. // It’s still “legal” to hang someone for shooting your dog on your property. // Nyala: A man is forbidden from buying drinks for more than three people other than himself at any one period during the day. // Saloonkeepers had to post the names of habitual drunkards if so requested by the local sheriff or members of the imbibers’ immediate families.